by Libby Gleeson
Course module outline
Unit 1: Know the form: What is a picture book?
The four types of picture books, interaction of text and pictures, size and word length.
Unit 2: Gathering ideas
Three main sources of ideas, memory, observation and obsession.
Unit 3: Getting started
Type A and Type B writers, planning, language style and the deeper story within.
Unit 4: Creating characters
Humans, animals and even inanimate objects, plus four ways of making us care about characters.
Unit 5: Point-of-view
Who is telling the story? Best uses of linear structure and dramatic tension.
Unit 6: Language: Rhyme and rhythm
Imagery, rhythm, internal and external rhyme and satisfying repetition.
Unit 7: Revision
Characters, structure, conciseness - six editing points to check and revise. Also includes the role and relationship with the illustrator.
Unit 8: Submission
Layout of manuscript, finding appropriate publishers, multiple submit or not, and the work of agents.